Sofia Coppola is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actress. In 2003, she received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the comedy-drama ‘Lost in Translation’ and became the third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director.
In 2010, with the drama‘Somewhere’, she became the first American woman (and fourth American filmmaker) to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. This year, Coppola is set to make her return to the big screen with the first, full-on genre film of her career, The Beguiled.
Based on the novel ‘A Painted Devil’ by Thomas Cullinan and its 1971 film adaptation. It stars Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Angourie Rice. The film is scheduled to be released on June 23, 2017, by Focus Features.
The main crux of the story is about the dynamics amongst a group of women all stuck together, and then also the power shifts between men and women,” Coppola tells Entertainment Weekly. “So for me, it’s very universal, but it’s in this exotic setting of the Southern gentility.”
That also means amping up the Southern gothic style, from the overgrown gardens to the pale floral dresses. “It’s just trying to create that atmosphere, so you can feel these long, hot days when not much is happening,” she says. “I liked that [the costumes] had been washed a million times and left out in the sun. It just felt very feminine, almost like they were ghosts left behind.”
And although all that faded Southern elegance was a bit of a departure, Coppola dove in with relish. “Just girls in white nightgowns and candelabras were really fun for me,” she says, laughing. “So I was like, ‘Well, we have to have that.’”